On Monday, May 20, a small ceremony will be held at the Memorial Wall on Edwards Street to honor a fallen officer locally, then Cleveland 100 will present awards for outstanding service to local emergency service employees at its annual banquet.
A plaque will be presented to officials at Cleveland Police Department that will hang in the roll-call room as a reminder of the loss of a fellow officer, according to Evie West, CPD information officer.
Cleveland Police officer Justin Maples died May 20, 2012.
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 8 will make the presentation of the plaque.
Chief Wes Snyder, West and several other officers are in Washington, D.C., this week in honor of fallen officers and Maples.
According to West, Honor Guards from various departments across the globe welcomed the Maples family at Reagan National Airport Sunday.
A candlelight vigil was held at the National Law Enforcement Memorial Monday evening. Today, the Maples family and CPD officers will attend the annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service in honor of Justin Maples and other officers who died in the line of duty in 2012.
Maples was responding to back up other officers in a felony pursuit when he reportedly lost control of his police cruiser and crashed into a utility pole.
Cleveland 100 officials stepped in to aid the family during their time of need.
Cleveland 100 was established by local leaders to help families of police, sheriff’s office, fire departments, emergency medical service, rescue and other first response agencies in the event of a death involving first responders.
Maples name was added Monday to the Memorial Wall, according to Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland.
The CPD Honor Guard will leave the police department Monday at 10 a.m., proceed on foot to the Memorial Wall and place a wreath in honor of Maples and the other local responders who have died in the line of duty in the city of Cleveland and Bradley County.
Traffic in the area will be slowed as the processional to the Memorial Wall gets underway, crossing Church and Inman Streets, according to West.
Attending the ceremonies in D.C. are Capt. Dennis Maddux, Sgt. Scott Bronze, Detective Eddie Bonnett, officers April Ratcliff and Mike Kelly, Snyder and West.
Cleveland 100, Lee University, Saint Therese Catholic Church, the Fraternal Order of Police Scenic Lodge No. 8 and First Baptist Church made the trip to Washington possible, according to West.
“We want to thank all the churches and organizations who sponsored the Maples family and made the CPD officers’ trip possible,” West said.